Remember the old days when there were only 4 "real" television
channels? Nowadays, the more TV you can get, the better.
When you get satellite TV, a small dish on your roof will broadcast
virtually every television channel on the planet to your TV for
a surprisingly reasonable price.
You probably think you're pretty well off with cable TV - MTV,
ESPN, Cartoon Network, the Food Network. But don't get complacent
- life could be even better. A little while ago, engineers realized
that satellites orbiting around the planet could serve a function
other than taking pictures of the moon: to provide the legions of
couch potatoes hundreds of channels with crystal clear reception.
Here are a few basic facts about Satellite
• A small dish (about 18 to 24 inches in circumference) is
installed outside your house, serving as your window to a vast horizon
of TV channels.
• About 1 in 10 households currently subscribes to a satellite
television service, a number expected to double within the next
couple of years.
• The main advantage of satellite television system over
cable TV is that it offers you even more choices. With satellite
TV, customers can pick which company they want to subscribe with
and what package of channels to buy. This is different from normal
cable television, where you're forced to purchase whatever system
your region offers and pay whatever price they tell you.
• Satellite network deals offers you up to 500 channels to
• There are two main downsides to satellite TV. The first
is that although the cost of a dish network satellite is very competitive
with cable, you may have to pay extra to get your local stations.
Shocking as it may be, in the past, satellite television did not
hook you up to your local stations. So customers had to either additionally
purchase a basic cable package, or drag out an antenna to get local
channels like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and PBS. But don't panic, because
now both providers are offering local stations at very reasonable
costs. You still may not get all of your locals, but it's probably
your best option.
• The second downside of satellite TV is that you have to
use your brain, evaluate your options, and think about what you
want. But don't get overwhelmed by this task - we're here to help.